1. 2014 BET Awards: Top 5 Fashion Trends

    June 30, 2014 1:20 PM EDT The 2014 BET Awards offered pretty fashion-wise. Pharrell Williams wasn’t the only man rocking a noteworthy hat. Both white and black made for strong looks. And floral bloomed as well. Check out who was doing what and most importantly, what trends highlighted the evening. Classic White The…

  2. Richard Marx, 'Beautiful Goodbye': Exclusive Album Premiere

    June 30, 2014 12:35 PM EDT Singer-songwriter Richard Marx has done plenty during his illustrious nearly 30-year career. There’s been classic single’s like “Right Here Waiting” from his 1989’s “Repeat Offender” album. And to this day, he is the only male artist in the history of the Billboard charts to have his first…

  3. 'Rising Star' Recap: Josh Groban Ups His Sock Game, Second Episode Ups Its Talent Game

    June 30, 2014 10:20 AM EDT "Rising Star," with its live audience interaction, remains a uniquely fresh concept (outside of dystopian YA literature). The technology works, the judges are a classic reality show blend of salty and sweet, and the host is unlike any other on TV. I realized halfway through my…

  4. Nicki Minaj Brings 'Pills N Potions' to 2014 BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 9:58 PM EDT Nicki Minaj opened with menacing rhymes on the back of a motorcycle at the 2014 BET Awards, but that lasted all of 30 seconds. Then came tambourines and a slow bass line for her new single “Pill N Potions.” 2014 BET Awards: Red Carpet Photos Contortionists, bunny rabbits, giant mushrooms…

  5. Chris Brown Surprises at 2014 BET Awards with 'Loyal'

    June 29, 2014 9:11 PM EDT The BET Awards were doing well, as far as performers go. But one man instantly got the audience on their feet on arrival: Chris Brown, who performed his hit single “Loyal” for the first time on a huge stage since being released from jail. Lil Wayne and Tyga joined him. 2014 BET Awards: Red…

  6. Lil Wayne Rocks into 'Believe Me' at 2014 BET Awards

    June 29, 2014 8:40 PM EDT Lil Wayne followed Pharrell Williams as the 2014 BET Awards’ second performer. It was a decidedly more aggressive turn for the evening. In a floppy hat, open red oversized plaid shirt, sunglasses, and grey shorts, Weezy debuted rock track "Krazy," viciously spitting his lyrics as…

  7. Corner Office: BET CEO Debra Lee Talks Classic BET Awards Moments, Chris Brown & More

    June 27, 2014 6:00 PM EDT Three decades is a mighty long timeto be in any industry, which makes Debra L. Lee, 58, chairman/CEO of BET Networks, even more of a wonder to behold, having survived and thrived while building the leading cable TV network targeting African-Americans. “I grew up with a small room and a little…

  8. CODE Picks of the Week: Porter Robinson, Hardwell & More

    June 27, 2014 1:50 PM EDT Each Friday, CODE curates a diverse selection of the most noteworthy new tunes in dance music. Take a listen for a fitting soundtrack to your weekend. Coldplay, "A Sky Full of Stars" (Hardwell Remix) After Avicii unexpectedly lent his talents to the original song, Dutch dance star…

  9. Disclosure's Billboard Cover: 5 Things We Learned About the UK Dance Duo

    June 27, 2014 11:30 AM EDT Disclosure's Guy and Howard Lawrence on the cover of Billboard, out now. It’s been a slow-cooker, but electro-soul dance duo Disclosure’s “Latch” is officially a hit record at No. 12 on the Hot 100 chart. Brothers Howard and Guy Lawrence are on the cover of this week's Billboard as…

  10. The Vamps Make Billboard Chart Debut on Social 50

    June 26, 2014 6:26 PM EDT As Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer rises 5-2 on Billboard's Social 50 chart, their British counterparts the Vamps debut at No. 34. It's the first appearance on any U.S. Billboard chart for the Vamps. While both acts are not your standard boy band -- since they are actual bands…

  11. Man vs. Machine: Richie Hawtin on the Return of Plastikman

    June 26, 2014 1:00 PM EDT No pomp or ceremony can be seen on the bustling streets of Barcelona. But within the half-shaved head of one of our times’ foremost electronic musicians, a changing of the guard is underway. Reclining on a leather sofa every bit as black as his clothing, Richie Hawtin may not look like a man…

  12. Bassnectar Talks 'Noise Vs. Beauty' LP & Being the 'Frank Zappa' of EDM

    June 26, 2014 12:17 PM EDT Lorin Ashton, the 36-year-old DJ-producer known as Bassnectar, makes millions from touring, having spent 11 months on the road at festivals, arenas and amphitheaters in 2013 alone. So when he took the first five months off of 2014 to make an album, he told friends he was on vacation. …

  13. Beyonce & Jay Z's Street-Fab 'On the Run' Tour Opens in Miami: Review

    June 26, 2014 11:05 AM EDT Erotica, glamour, swagger, street cred, and finally, a peek at marriage and family bliss all came together during Beyonce and Jay Z’s “On the Run” tour, which opened in Miami’s Sun Life Stadium last night (June 25). It was over two hours of tightly choreographed showmanship that was timed…

  14. Dave Chappelle & The Roots Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 25, 2014 1:45 PM EDT The minute Dave Chappelle walked out on stage at Radio City Music Hall, the sold-out audience smiled, cheered loudly, and laughed. These are the reactions to feelings we have when we’re reunited with a long lost friend, and to many, that is who Chappelle is to us: A friend we have missed…

  15. ‘Under the Electric Sky’: Preview an Exclusive Tiësto Clip from the Festival Film

    June 25, 2014 12:50 PM EDT Fans won’t have to wait until June 27th to get a glimpse of Live Nation’s Insomniac Events’ Electric Daisy Carnival documentary “Under the Electric Sky.” In a clip provided exclusively to Billboard, attendees can instantly relive a particularly anthemic moment from Tiësto’s Kinetic Field…

  16. Dave Chappelle & Nas Hit NYC's Radio City Music Hall: Highlights of the Comedy Rap Show

    June 24, 2014 5:10 PM EDT Dave Chappelle's hiatus has been evidently too long. So, him currently taking on a week-long stint at New York City's Radio City Music Hall — as a headliner for a series of stand-up sets and as an opener for a host of top-tier musicians — is a huge deal. Last night (June 24), the…

  17. Prince's 'Purple Rain' at 30: Classic Track-by-Track Album Review

    June 24, 2014 2:25 PM EDT In 1984, there was only one man in America more popular than Ronald Reagan. His name was Prince, and he was funky. Had Prince run for president that year, he would have certainly carried his native Minnesota—the only state Ronnie lost—and he probably would’ve cleaned up most other places. The…

  18. Over 5 Million Vote on 'Rising Star' Premiere

    June 23, 2014 8:09 PM EDT More than 5 million votes were cast in real-time during Sunday night’s two-hour premiere of ABC's "Rising Star," ushering in a new era of interactive television. The " Rising Star" app that enables a viewer to vote was downloaded 1 million times on iTunes. '…

  19. 'Rising Star': Ludacris on Voting Honestly, 'I Ain't Afraid!'

    June 23, 2014 7:59 PM EDT While not all of "Rising Star"'s first crop of contestants won over America with a qualifying vote, one expert in particular might be rubbing audiences the wrong way: Ludacris. And he doesn't mind at all. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It…

  20. 'Rising Star': Brad Paisley on the First Episode, 'It's a Blast, Isn't It?'

    June 23, 2014 6:38 PM EDT Six out of ten acts successfully raised the Wall on the first episode of "Rising Star," but the performer with the brightest smile after the ABC show's premiere was none other than the friendly expert, Brad Paisley. ‘Rising Star’ Recap: Loving Josh Groban and Where it Works &…

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